If You Build It

Source: Common Sense Media

In the fall of 2010, 10 high students in Bertie County, North Carolina, enrolled in a unique class — an updated version of shop class that eventually has them designing and building an actual structure, a new farmers market for their rural community. The brainchild of Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller, who applied their backgrounds in design and architecture to education, the Project H program is designed to empower young people; first, by teaching them the skills to create something, and then letting them actually do it. IF YOU BUILD IT is an inspiring documentary directed by Patrick Creadon, who also worked on the acclaimed behind-the-scenes look at crossword puzzles, Wordplay, and shows that teens have the ability and the talent to make a difference, if adults will let them.

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